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Wausau passes no increase budget

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau residents won't be seeing any increase in their tax rate next year.

Wausau's city council passed a 0 percent increase budget last night on a 6 to 5 vote. Under the budget there would be no layoffs or firings of staff. Mayor Jim Tipple says residents should be proud of the effort. “They know how hard we worked, and we didn't have any layoffs.”

Council members did pass an amendment from Alderman Ed Gale that would restrict the funding of a contract for Wausau's crossing guards to 70-thousand dollars until the police department and the city council work out the funding. Tipple says that was likely the cause of some of the no votes on the budget. “I think they were confused over that. They voted 9 to 0 in favor of it in the last meeting.”

There's no word yet on when that meeting with the finance committee over the crossing guards would take place.

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